September 19, 2007

News From DC

This is the email I received from our DC voices!

Dear Recovery Advocates,

Thank you to everyone who called--or tried to call--Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi yesterday for National Parity Call-in Day. The event was a huge success, so much so that its organizers had to hire additional operators and eventually shut down the lines early. I apologize to everyone who tried to call in but was not able to get through because of the volume. In total, over 1,000 people spoke with Speaker Pelosi's staff, passing along the message that Americans are ready for HR 1424 now.

Yesterday was historic not only for the overwhelming success of Call-in Day, but also because the Senate passed its version of the parity bill, S.558 , the Mental Health Parity Act. This will put even more pressure on Speaker Pelosi to bring HR 1424 before the House of Representatives for a vote. Once both the Senate and House pass their bills, they must compromise on any differences between the two versions, and only then the bills can become law.

The Health Subcommittee of the House of Representatives' Committee on Ways and Means will be "marking up" (offering amendments) to HR 1424 this morning. This will bring HR 1424 one step closer to passing in the House.
These are exciting times! Your advocacy and support make successes like these possible.

All the best,

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